Understanding is Vital

Why Understanding Is Vital
    Picture this: You’ve come into this world, and are raised by a mother and father who adored you. You cannot recall ever hearing them fight, argue, or bicker with one another. You were never the victim of their moodiness after a long day, and despite all the times and ways that you got into trouble, they never raised their voices at you in anger.
    They weren’t wealthy, but you never lacked anything – you even had a few more luxuries than some of your peers. Their thoughts and goals always had you as first priority, so much so that they planned well for your future, making it possible for you to choose any career path, and having the finances to pay for it without financial assistance.
    You stop to think of how good your life has been, and that now, at the age of 25, you are about to graduate and enter the working world – and you look toward that future with great hope because of all the positive things these two nurturing people imparted to you.
    One day you find yourself visiting with your mother, while she is sorting out a storage closet, and the conversation turns a bit nostalgic. You begin to share with her how you’ve been reminiscing and share your thoughts about that. And that’s when, purely by an accidental slip of the tongue, your mother exposes a heavy burden of a secret: They are not your birth parents, you are not their blood offspring.

Put yourself in that place, really try to imagine what this is like. Can you imagine the heavy confusion? Can you feel the foundation of your life slipping out from under you? You think, and seriously hope, that she is trying to prank you, so you ask your father if it’s true, and he confirms it. How do you feel? Sad, angry, completely and incredibly confused? You leave their house because you need time and space to consider the truth of the situation – and you do not take this lightly. In fact, you do some records research and discover your official birth certificate does show the name of someone you do not know and have never heard of before.

As you contemplate all that this information means, you are also pondering what to do with it – what is the right way to respond? After a time, you find yourself feeling torn between wanting to know the truth, and your true mother, and not wanting to hurt or disrespect those you’ve known as your parents. You consider just pretending that you never learned this information, and going on with your life as if you hadn’t. But you are also aware of the fact that doing so would be living in denial – a form of lying and self-deception – and that just isn’t who you are. You realize that to live an authentic life requires truth, and therefore you chase it down at all costs.

If you have really worked your imagination, and are feeling the various emotions of this scenario, then you have a small idea of what it is like to learn a hard truth. You also have an inkling what it was like for me when I learned the truth about the One whom Christians call ‘God’, that is, that He is NOT a triune being, which also means that Jesus is NOT God.

Someone has wondered about all this, and if it is actually “vital”, as the title states. And the unequivocal reply is “Yes!” The reason for that being:

John 4:20-24
[20] Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, yet you say that in Jerusalem is the Place where people ought to worship.”
[21] Jesus says to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
[22] You worship that which you do not know. We worship that which we know, for salvation is of the Jews.
[23] But the hour is coming, and now is here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to be his worshipers.
[24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

If we fail to put in the time and effort to know the truth, then we cannot worship God in truth, and doing so is a MUST. Refusing to know the truth means we cannot correctly worship God.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
[8] And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy by the spirit from his mouth and put an end to him by the appearance of his coming.
[9] The coming of the lawless one is a result of the activity of the Adversary with all kinds of power and counterfeit signs and wonders,
[10] and with every kind of unrighteous deception for those who are destroying themselves because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
[11] And because of this God sends them a deluding influence [Lit. “working of error”] so that they believe a lie,
[12] with the result that all who have not believed the truth, but took pleasure in unrighteousness, will be condemned.

The “deluding influence” (deception of wickedness – NASB) IS the trinity idea because it turns Jesus into God – which, according to Scripture itself, is not possible – and it robs the Father, who alone is God, of the glory He actually and rightfully deserves. {Satan realizes that, because of Jesus Christ, he is defeated, and there is nothing he can do about that. However, he is the master of deception, so he has found an alternate method of misleading untold numbers of people to their eternal death (more on that later).}

The truly sad part of this is the fact that within Scripture is an example, and thus permission, to disassemble what we’ve been told and examine it closely. The Bereans were, by Paul, commended for searching the available information to determine if what he was preaching was the truth. Paul said the Bereans were “more noble minded” for having done so.

Acts 17:10-12
[10] And the brothers and sisters immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
[11] Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with great willingness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see if these things were so.
[12] Therefore, many of them believed, along with many of the Greek women of high standing, and of Greek men, not a few.

Verse 11 is a charge against those who claim to know and love Jesus, and his Father, and Christianity as a whole – they do not understand the trinity idea, but they also aren’t eager to understand it [if they were eager to truly know God, they would eagerly desire to know and understand as much about Him as they can {the idea of it being a ‘mystery’ will be addressed in another article}], for, if they were eager, they would be searching the Scriptures to see if such a thing as a trinity is true, especially in light of no instruction of it in Scripture.

Now, having been in the trinity way of belief for many years myself, I am aware that there are several verses quoted in an attempt to “prove” the trinity idea is true about God. However, when examined well by the rules of proper logic (which is not a sin), correct language and grammar, and the whole of Scripture together, these supporting verses fail miserably.

As Scripture shows, having the TRUTH about God is VITAL because without it we cannot worship Him, we cannot properly and truly obey God.

VITAL is defined:
{1} of or pertaining to life
{2} being the seat or source of life
{3} necessary to life
{4} necessary to the existence, continuance, or well-being of something; indispensable; essential
{5} affecting the existence, well-being, truth, etc.
{6} of critical importance

Without the TRUTH about God it is not possible to truly BELIEVE, have faith, that is, to trust in God; and without faith we fail even before we get started.

Romans 10:17 So then, trust comes from hearing, and hearing by the message of Christ.

In the previous verse, ‘hearing’ is much more than the sound within the ear. It means to actively listen to the message and understand what’s being said, then to act upon that understanding. In other words, our ability to properly trust God comes from our understanding the truth about Him, which is the message of His Son Jesus.
We must have our understanding correct in order to truly trust God because without this we cannot please God, and cannot receive anything from Him.

Hebrews 11:6 And without trust it is impossible to please him, for whoever comes to God must believe that he is, and that he rewards those who seek him.

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